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#1 Old 08-01-2010, 09:45 PM
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I just recently bought a 2010 Elantra Touring and noticed the passenger's head restraint sits much further forward than the driver's to the point where it is uncomfortable to sit in the passenger seat with it installed. When I removed the headrests to have a look, they are identical except the passenger headrest's metal bars are coming from the back of the underside of the headrest while the driver's metal bars come from the middle (causing the passenger headrest to be futher forward). Are the two headrests supposed to be the same and I have a defective one? Or is there a reason they are different?
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I just recently bought a 2010 Elantra Touring and noticed the passenger's head restraint sits much further forward than the driver's to the point where it is uncomfortable to sit in the passenger seat with it installed. When I removed the headrests to have a look, they are identical except the passenger headrest's metal bars are coming from the back of the underside of the headrest while the driver's metal bars come from the middle (causing the passenger headrest to be futher forward). Are the two headrests supposed to be the same and I have a defective one? Or is there a reason they are different?
If they're anything like mine, they adjust to one of 3 or 4 positions. From the rear, try pushing the base forwards until you feel a click, then release. Should spring backwards; from there you can then try pushing forwards one "click" at a time.

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Both my front are the same.

Poles in the centre, sort of, and as shambles mine have 3 postions.

The rear head rests are a different set up as the poles are at the rear and are sort of shaped in an arc.
So make sure that they haven't been moved around.

If not sure call into thed ealers and ask.
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Thanks guys. I have to go to the dealer today for some other stuff, so I will ask then. I wonder if the ET headerest is different, because I can't find anyway to adjust them forward and back (only up and down). They are labeled WGN GLS on the underside, so the SE may even have different ones. I sure hope they can just give me a new headrest, because it's driving me nuts. I have it flipped around for now, but since I know that there is a comfortable headrest I'm not satisfied with that solution.
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It is really not very intuitive how to adjust the forward/back bit, as other post suggested, try giving it a shove from behind/in front, to get it to click to the other positions.

HOWEVER I found another design issue around my UK i30's front headrests: Even at furthest back position., they are exceptionally "forward" compared to other brands of car I've owned. Sometimes OH likes to have a nap in the passenger seat on long journeys and she does not find the (even furthest back) angle at all good for this compared to other cars. Safety feature? Not if passenger's head is lolling sideways (while in other cars it used to be, lolling straight BACK), it isn't.
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Thanks. I got it. It was in the forward most position, so it took a good push from behind to get it to spring back.
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Thanks. I got it. It was in the forward most position, so it took a good push from behind to get it to spring back.
You're welcome

In time, your passenger (and you!) will learn how to reach-around and adjust it on-the-fly, so to speak.

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It is really not very intuitive how to adjust the forward/back bit, as other post suggested, try giving it a shove from behind/in front, to get it to click to the other positions.

HOWEVER I found another design issue around my UK i30's front headrests: Even at furthest back position., they are exceptionally "forward" compared to other brands of car I've owned. Sometimes OH likes to have a nap in the passenger seat on long journeys and she does not find the (even furthest back) angle at all good for this compared to other cars. Safety feature? Not if passenger's head is lolling sideways (while in other cars it used to be, lolling straight BACK), it isn't.

FYI, the headrest on an SE does say "GLS" on the underside.
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I found a cheap and effective cure for the problem of the headrest causing problems. As I see it the cause is the seat not having any lumbar support. I went out and bought a cheap lumbar support for an office chair, one that has netting around a metal frame which coincidentally fits snugly into the area between the seat and back rest. By tilting the back of the seat back a touch and with this lumbar support I am now sitting straighter in the seat whereas previously its design gave me a bit of a slouch. More importantly it has moved my head that inch or so forward so that my head is no longer rubbing on the headrest.

Most importantly, doing the same with the passenger's seat has meant that my wife's problem with the headrest which was worse than mine has also been solved. We can now drive long distances without causing her great pain whereas before we couldn't, thus limiting the usage of an otherwise excellent vehicle. Therefore the trick as far as we are concerned is (a) lumbar support and (b) adjust the tilt of the back to compensate.

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Exclamation i30 headrest - no apparent adjustnment

I purchased a new i30 in December 2012.

I am dismayed by the lack of lumbar support - I didn't think modern cars were supplied without it, especially when costing upward of £19,000. My 14 year old Hyundai coupe has lumbar adjust as did the 12 year old Skoda that we sold in part exchange.

The seat soon becomes excruciatingly uncomfortable and my head is thrown forward by the headrest, which I can see no way of adjusting.

Does anybody have a suggestion for overcoming these problems? Would it be possible to get a new driver's seat?

I am undergoing training for the ROSPA test and my mentor says he thinks the headrest is a Health and Safety hazard.

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